Perfection (n): flawlessness; maturity; an exemplification of extreme excellence
Perfect (adj): being entirely without fault or defect; mature, pure, complete; (v) to redefine or improve; to bring to final form
How many of you strive to be perfect? Maybe you want to have the perfect appearance—gorgeous hair and make-up, a fit body, and flattering outfits. You want to be the perfect employee, never making mistakes at your job. Or you want to be like the Jones’ because their life is “perfect.” Then, when you fall short of your definition of perfect, you become frustrated.
Here is where we go wrong. The world skews our definition of perfect. It causes us to create a standard where we compare ourselves to others. This is contrary to what the Bible says. Matthew 5:48 reads, “You are to be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.” Christ is our standard of perfection, not people or things of this world.
When using Christ as our standard of perfection, we steer our focus away from the world and rightfully on Jesus. Christ’s character, holiness, and love are flawless; these are the things we should be perfecting in our lives:
Character: God wants us to clothe ourselves in mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love in order to bind ourselves in perfect harmony, Colossians 3:12-14. We should be demonstrating these character traits in our worldly relationships, shining God’s light in this dark world.
Holiness: We should be Holy because God is Holy, 1 Peter 1:16. We do so by separating ourselves from the sinfulness of this world and devoting our lives to God’s desires rather than our own. Refuse to copy the behavior and customs of this world in order to separate yourself from its sinfulness. This allows God to change the way you think in orderto learn God’sperfect will for your life, Romans 12:2
Love: God demonstrated His love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners, Romans 5:8. That is a perfect example of unfailing love. We should love one another as Christ loves us, John 13:35, so that we can exemplify Christ’s perfect love in our lives.
Christ knows that our sinful nature will prevent us from being perfect 100% of the time. But don’t let your mess-ups turn you away from Jesus. If you have a pure heart and are constantly working to be like Christ, then one day you will reach perfection, 1 John 3:2.